(CNN) -- Three Navy crew members died when their EA-6B Prowler crashed Monday morning about 50 miles west of Spokane, Washington, the service said.
The plane crashed at about 8:45 a.m. PT, sometime after it took off for a training flight from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwestern Washington.
The crash is under investigation, according to the Navy.
The EA-6B Prowler is powered by two turbojet engines, and it is capable of high subsonic speeds. Due to its extensive electronic warfare operations, and the aircraft's age (produced until 1991), the EA-6B is a high-maintenance aircraft, and it also has undergone more frequent equipment upgrades than any other aircraft in the Navy or Marine Corps.
Originally posted by OmegaLogos
I am a bit shocked to find out that the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler doesn't have ejection seats! :shk:
An Aviation Structural Mechanic works on an ejection seat removed from the cockpit of an EA-6B Prowler aboard USS John C. Stennis.
This video is from the front cockpit of an EA-6B Prowler on the first half of the VR-1355 low-level in Western Washington. We're flying 500 feet above the ground at an average speed of 420 kts. It was filmed in March of 2010
The Navy informed Congress that the wingman of the crashed plane reported that no parachutes were deployed.
The Prowler was "engaged in a low-level navigation training mission," the Navy told Congress. Whidbey Island officials said the cause of the accident was under investigation.